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Duck Hunt: It's All About Patience

From in southern Idaho, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game  hosts youth waterfowl hunts.

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For about eight years, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has offered a mentored youth duck hunt. Volunteers take 24 young hunters — ranging from 10 to 15 years old — on the trips. They’re on Saturday and Sunday mornings for three weekends in November.

Participants who have completed hunter safety programs can sign up to go on a waterfowl or pheasant hunt.

You can read the story about one of this years' hunts here.

Alabama's youth hunting program brings parents and children together

From in Birmingham, AL, the youth hunting program sponsored by the State of Alabama is paying dividends.

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According to Griff Johnson, Wildlife Biologist for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the youth hunting program is designed to foster that relationship between parents and their children.

"Alabama's youth deer hunt is not all about bagging the youth's first deer or the opportunity for hands-on teaching. It is also about making memories," he said.

At Risk Youths Learn Fishing Skills off Miami Beach

From the Fishing WIre, the Mohagany Youth Corp focuses on providing fishing, boating and outdoor activities for youth.

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The Mahogany Youth Corporation mission is to empower kids to expand their possibilities through fishing and give youth an opportunity to develop skills and enhance their self-esteem. Since 1994 we've delivered a program titled "Teach a Child to Fish" to teach youth sport fishing and safe boating. We teach the kids to fish and enjoy the outdoors while teaching life skills to stay off drugs, in school and out of gangs.

You Never Forget Your First Deer

Mitch Petrie has a nice article in the Minneapolis StarTribune about his son's first deer.

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When my non-hunting friends inquire about getting their kids into hunting I share with them the experiences we had this past weekend. Is there anything better than spending time in the field with your kids? Henry David Thoreau said it best,

“When some of my friends have asked me anxiously about their boys, whether they should let them hunt, I have answered yes-- remembering that it was one of the best parts of my education-- make them hunters.”

A nice story and even a quote

Why I hunt

NEBRASKALand magazine has an interesting take on "Why I Hunt".

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But in truth, that’s not why I hunt. The sole reason is simply that someone asked me to go. Actually I blame it on three different people who asked me, and another who taught me to shoot and let me borrow his shotguns until I had my own. You see, my dad, Dave, doesn’t hunt. I don’t fault him for that – he wasn’t exposed to it as a youth growing up in Indianapolis, and it didn’t stick with him after a few trips in Nebraska.

Because someone asked him to go!

There are lots of kids across the country

Westby-area youth hunters learn safety while at pheasant farm

From the Westby Times in Westby, WI, here is another article showing how folks are working together to give kids the chance to learn to hunt in safe controlled environments.

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During the annual DNR safety hunt, the Coon Valley Conservation Club covers the expenses of the day’s event and provides firearms (adult and youth sizes) to anyone who needs them for the day. The DNR furnishes the birds for the hunt and both groups provide volunteer mentors to guide the hunters  and an occasional dog if participants didn’t bring their own.

“The DNR’s mission is to continue to

Hunting, fishing not so different

From the Tampa Bay website, here is an interesting perspective on getting more folks outdoors.

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And as more youth turn to indoor activities such as social media and electronic games and more families spend less time outdoors, both activities are threatened with a potential decrease in participation. This is when it is more important than ever to expand your recreational horizons and introduce yourself, or others, to outdoor recreation. Without hunters and fishers, we lose a big chunk of Florida’s most dedicated conservationists.

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A family tradition: Missouri deer hunting

Brent Frazee has a nice article in the Kansas City Star about one families deer hunting tradition.

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“We’ve been setting up a deer camp as a family for years now,” Deanna said. “We’re an outdoors family; we do everything from float rivers together to fishing to camping. But deer hunting is our favorite.

“We look forward to the opener for months. It’s just a family tradition.”

The Rittels have been active in spreading the word about the enjoyment of deer hunting and other forms of outdoor recreation.

Why Fall Is One Of The Best Times To Take Your Kid Bass Fishing

From the "Lateral Lines" blog on Field &, here is a nice article on taking the kids bass fishing in the fall.

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Granted, fall may not be the best time for the little tikes, but it is, in my opinion, the perfect season to help those slightly older kids transition from visiting the golf course pond for 15 minutes on a July day to more serious angling. Fall fishing forces you to think and be patient, but it still offers the chance at catching a decent amount of fish.

Young hunters participate in annual youth hunt

From the Hiawatha World Online, the Brown County Quail Forever Chapter hosted their annual Stan Boos Youth Hunt, with 13 kids participating.  Reading the article, it's clear the event was a great success for all involved.

You can read the article here.


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